|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 6 | Page : 634-636
Worsening of the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio in patients with prostate cancer after androgen deprivation therapy
Ryo Oka1, Takanobu Utsumi1,2, Takumi Endo1, Masashi Yano1, Shuichi Kamijima1, Naoto Kamiya1, Hiroyoshi Suzuki1
1 Department of Urology, Toho University Sakura Medical Center, Sakura-shi, Chiba 285-8741, Japan
2 Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295, USA
|Date of Submission||09-Dec-2017|
|Date of Acceptance||19-Mar-2018|
|Date of Web Publication||01-Jun-2018|
Dr. Takanobu Utsumi
Department of Urology, Toho University Sakura Medical Center, Sakura-shi, Chiba 285-8741, Japan; Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295, USA
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Oka R, Utsumi T, Endo T, Yano M, Kamijima S, Kamiya N, Suzuki H. Worsening of the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio in patients with prostate cancer after androgen deprivation therapy. Asian J Androl 2018;20:634-6
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Oka R, Utsumi T, Endo T, Yano M, Kamijima S, Kamiya N, Suzuki H. Worsening of the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio in patients with prostate cancer after androgen deprivation therapy. Asian J Androl [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Dec 2];20:634-6. Available from: https://www.ajandrology.com/text.asp?2018/20/6/634/233682 - DOI: 10.4103/aja.aja_33_18
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most frequently diagnosed male cancer in Western countries, and the number of PCa patients is also rapidly increasing in Japan., Simultaneously, androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) has also been increasingly used in PCa patients in recent years.,, However, the long-term use of ADT is associated with a variety of pivotal adverse events, including diabetes, anemia, osteoporosis, serum lipid profile changes, and cardiovascular disease (CVD)., Higher low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and/or lower high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) are well-established risk factors for CVD, and control of their levels has been an important goal in the treatment and prevention of CVD., Recently, another alternative parameter, the LDL-C to HDL-C (L/H) ratio, has been reported to be strongly associated with CVD and is thought to be a better predictor of future CVD than LDL-C alone. Closely monitoring serum lipid profile, including the L/H ratio changes affected by ADT, is a key to preventing CVD in PCa patients. Moreover, we previously suggested that a higher L/H ratio might have an impact on the development of arterial stiffness after ADT administration. Although some cutoff points of the L/H ratio have been reported in clinical use, it has been suggested that thrombosis can occur when the L/H ratio increases to around 2.5 or more in East Asian populations. The aim of the present study was to investigate the changes in serum lipid profile and to identify the clinical factors associated with an increased L/H ratio in PCa patients who received ADT.
This was a retrospective study approved by the institutional review board of Toho University Sakura Medical Center (No. 2012-008). All patients enrolled in the study gave their written informed consent. One hundred patients with pathologically confirmed PCa scheduled to receive ADT for more than 6 months between March 2012 and August 2015 were analyzed. Patients and the statistical analysis methods are minutely described in the Supplementary Materials and Methods [Additional file 3]. Briefly, the patients were divided into three groups for assessment: (I) receiving medical treatment for dyslipidemia (n = 29); (II) baseline L/H ratio of 2.5 or more without medical treatment for dyslipidemia (n = 22); and (III) baseline L/H ratio of <2.5 without medical treatment for dyslipidemia (n = 49). Group III patients were also assessed using uni- and multivariate analyses to determine the associations between an increased L/H ratio and baseline variables.
Supplementary Table 1 [Additional file 1] shows the baseline characteristics of the patients in this study. [Figure 1] shows the changes in serum lipid profiles and testosterone at baseline and after 3 and 6 months of follow-up in all enrolled patients. ADT significantly lowered testosterone levels. After 3 months of follow-up, total cholesterol (TC, P<0.001), HDL-C (P=0.010), and LDL-C (P=0.007) were significantly increased, while triglycerides and L/H ratio did not show significant changes in all patients. Supplementary Table 2 [Additional file 2] shows the results of patients in each group. TC, HDL-C, and LDL-C increased significantly after 6 months of ADT administration in each group of patients. The L/H ratio (mean±s.d.) increased significantly from 1.8±0.5 to 1.9±0.6 (P = 0.004) in Group III patients, while it did not change significantly in Group I and II patients. The L/H ratio increased to 2.5 or more in 7 of the 49 patients in Group III after 6 months of follow-up. The clinical predictors associated with an increased L/H ratio of 2.5 or more on uni- and multivariate analyses are summarized in [Table 1]. Multivariate analysis revealed that HDL-C was an independent predictor of an increased L/H ratio of 2.5 or more after 6 months of follow-up (odds ratio: 1.13, P = 0.013).
|Figure 1: Changes in serum lipid profile and testosterone at baseline and after 3 and 6 months of follow-up in prostate cancer patients after ADT; (a) TC, (b) HDL-C, (c) LDL-C, (d) L/H, (e) triglycerides, and (f) testosterone. *P < 0.05. TC: total cholesterol; HDL-C: high-density lipoprotein cholesterol; LDL-C: low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; L/H: ratio of LDL-C to HDL-C; ADT: androgen deprivation therapy.|
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|Table 1: Uni- and multivariate analyses of the clinical variables at baseline for new-onset of low-density lipoprotein/high-density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio ≥2.5 after androgen deprivation therapy|
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LDL-C levels increased significantly in this study, even in patients who took lipid-lowering drugs, while HDL-C levels also increased significantly [Supplementary Table 2]. In our study, enrolled patients did not have new-onset CVD within 6 months of follow-up. Although the duration of follow-up might have been too short to investigate new-onset CVD after ADT, increased HDL-C levels might have offset the cardiovascular risk caused by increased LDL-C levels. The L/H ratio is considered to be a clinically useful marker of cardiovascular events, and an increased L/H ratio is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events; in particular, baseline L/H ratios above 2.5 are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. In this study, the L/H ratio showed a significant increase in Group III. This study is the first to show that there exist a group of patients who have a higher risk of a worsening L/H ratio within the initial 6-month follow-up period after ADT despite having favorable baseline serum lipid profiles. Moreover, this study is the first to suggest that HDL-C is an independent predictor of an increased L/H ratio of 2.5 or more after 6 months of follow-up. Although these relationships still remain controversial, hypercholesterolemia is reported to be associated with a shorter time to castration-resistant PCa (CRPC) after ADT and survival after treatment for CRPC., From the viewpoint of not only cardiovascular risk but also cancer management, it seems to be very important to aggressively manage dyslipidemia with the use of statins after initiation of ADT in patients with PCa.
Clinicians should pay attention not only to patients receiving medical treatment for dyslipidemia or with an L/H ratio of 2.5 or more but also to patients with an L/H ratio of <2.5. This study shows that patients with a baseline L/H ratio of <2.5 have a risk of worsening L/H ratio, although they seem to be “good lipid metabolism patients.” Clinicians can identify and manage PCa patients with a greater risk of worsening serum lipid profiles after ADT more effectively.
| Author Contributions|| |
RO recruited patients, conducted this project, drafted the manuscript, and performed the statistical analyses; TU recruited patients, planned this project, performed the statistical analyses, and proofread the manuscript; TE, MY, and SK recruited patients and proofread the manuscript; NK recruited patients, proofread the manuscript, and participated in this project design and coordination; HS recruited patients, proofread the manuscript, participated in this project design and coordination, and obtained the grant for this project. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
| Competing Interests|| |
Hiroyoshi Suzuki received an honorarium, fees for promotional materials, and research funding from Takeda, Astellas, Janssen, AstraZeneca, Sanofi, and Nippon Kayaku.
| Acknowledgment|| |
This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), Grant Number 16K11030 to Hiroyoshi Suzuki).
Supplementary information is linked to the online version of the paper on the Asian Journal of Andrology website.
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